Memorial Day is almost here! First and foremost, it’s a day to remember those who have died fighting for the United States. But. It also traditionally marks the beginning of summer–BBQ season, watermelon, and popsicles. So if you haven’t already planned out your celebrations, here are some ideas to get you in the patriotic mood!
First of all, if you haven’t checked out our Grilling E-Book, be sure and do that–it’s full of favorites from the blog, plus tons of new recipes, tutorials, and ideas that will keep your summer super delicious! (It will ask you to sign up for our newsletter, then you can get this, plus our BBQ Party Pack at an amazing discount!)
If you missed our massive patriotic party a couple of years ago, we’ve got lots of adorably easy red, white, and blue ideas here (you can click on the links or on the pictures):
This fruit pizza has a brown sugar cream cheese topping and red and blue berries and is drizzled in chocolate. So it is both patriotic and delicious. And essential for staving off womanly hormonal fluxes.
Jell-O can be a little creepy, but layered Jell-O is pretty awe-inspiring. This red, white, and blue layered Jell-O is a huge hit with kids and adults who can’t leave it alone.
You can either make this patriotic trifle in a big trifle dish or in small individual dishes. Either way, it’s brownies, whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate pudding, so, you know. There’s that.
This Red, White, and Blue White Texas Sheet Cake was a huge hit last year! It’s beautiful and it tastes amazing, which is not always the case with cakes.
These easy, shabby-chic lanterns are fun to make with slightly older kids (or teenagers, or all by yourself because no one will help you because they’re having a water fight and you’re stuck inside making lanterns) and will make your patio glow magically.
All you need for these cute little treat bowls are cheap paper plates and red and blue rubber bands (and scissors, and about 5 minutes).
The great thing about bite-sized pies (besides the fact that they’re adorable) is that you can have, well, a few bites of every flavor. These bake up in a muffin tin and are perfect for little (and not-so-little) hands.
This layered punch is so easy and fun! Just pour it in layers and you’re good to go!
Sparkly dipped patriotic strawberries? Yes. Dreams do come true.
I also wanted to show off some of my favorite 4th of July crafts and eats from bloggers that I love! Like these Brownie Fruit Kebabs from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Because when you put a strawberry and brownies together, the strawberry absorbs all the brownie calories. True story.
Not really, don’t sue me.
I’m such a sucker for lights in Mason jars, so I about died when I saw these easy red, white, and blue lanterns from She Wears Many Hats.
I mustache if you need some facial hair this July 4th. Fox Hollow Cottage is here to help–these are perfect for photo ops and fake mustache lovers everywhere.
Finally, these patriotic printables that can be found on The Crafting Chicks are so darling–every single one of them! There are some seriously talented peeps out there.
Happy (almost) Independence Day! Stay safe and have lots of fun!!